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CLASS A VOLLEYBALL: Vikings adapted to new roles when key player went down

ST. PAUL – The Minneota volleyball team hadn’t lost an opening set all season. So when the Vikings found themselves on the opposite end of a 25-23 Set 1 loss to Ada-Borup/West in Friday’s Class A semifinals, Minneota began to feel a little adversity. That adversity was felt even greater ...

NSIC MEN’S BASKETBALL: SMSU drops opener

MARSHALL – A late second-half run helped Emporia State defeat Southwest Minnesota State 83-74 on Friday. The Mustangs held a 64-57 lead with 8:17 remaining, but the Hornets went on a 26-10 run the rest of the way to seal the win. Ryan Bruggeman led SMSU with 18 points and seven ...

NSIC VOLLEYBALL: SMSU evades NSU to head to title match

DULUTH – The Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball team secured its spot in the NSIC Tournament championship match with a five-set victory (25-16, 25-17, 23-25, 26-28, 15-9) over the No. 2 seed Northern State University on Friday night. Southwest Minnesota State University faces ...

CLASS AA VOLLEYBALL: Resilient response

ST. PAUL – For the Marshall volleyball team, close matches has seemed to be a contributing factor to their season. With one match separating the Tigers from a state championship appearance, Marshall knew it was going to have to put together a special performance. Standing in their path was ...

CLASS AA VOLLEYBALL: Hard work by Tigers pays off with record

ST. PAUL – Marshall’s trip to the state tournament this year is a special one. It’s the 28th time the Tigers have reached state in their program history, which is a Minnesota State High School League record. Marshall coach Dan Westby said they take a lot of pride in that number and that ...

SECTION 3A SWIMMING: Marshall races in section prelims

HUTCHINSON – Four Marshall girls swimmers have section medals and qualifying for state on their minds after the Section 3A prelims Thursday in Hutchinson. The Tigers had a busload in Hutchinson Thursday but will only have a handful back for the section finals at 3 p.m. Saturday. The four ...

CLASS 9-MAN FOOTBALL: RTR embraces underdog role against No. 1 Spring Grove

TYLER – For a second-straight year, the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights will be competing in the quarterfinals of the 9-man state tournament on Friday in hopes of earning a spot in the semifinals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Seeded eighth of the eight teams and pegged as the underdog against the ...

SMSU VOLLEYBALL: Third-seeded SMSU faces Northern State in semifinals

DULUTH - The third-seeded and No. 7-ranked Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball team faces second-seeded Northern State University in the semifinal round of the NSIC Tournament on Friday at 5 p.m. The tournament is hosted by No. 1 seed University of Minnesota Duluth and games will be ...

CLASS AA VOLLEYBALL: Marshall prepared for second consecutive trip to state

MARSHALL – Last season, the Marshall volleyball team made their return to the Class AA Tournament after a two-year hiatus, where the Tigers earned a fourth-place finish. This time around, Marshall hopes to improve on that mark and coach Dan Westby is happy his team has another opportunity ...

CLASS A VOLLEYBALL: Sharp focus

MINNEOTA – The Minneota volleyball team’s bid for a Class A title came up just short a season ago when the Vikings fell to Mayer Lutheran in the championship match. This time, the Vikings are focused on rewriting a different ending and are coming into the state tournament on a ...

SMSU VOLLEYBALL: SMSU drops to No. 8 in NCAA Central Region rankings

INDIANAPOLIS - The Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball team dropped one spot and is ranked eighth in the third NCAA Division II Central Region rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA national committee. The Mustangs are 22-7 overall following last night's 3-0 victory ...

BEYOND THE SPORTS DESK: Andries quickly gaining confidence for Gophers

After redshirting a season ago, Blaise Andries was immediately inserted into the starting lineup at right guard. The Marshall native has started every game for the Gophers, who currently have a 4-5 record with three games remaining. With every game started comes more confidence for ...

SMSU WRESTLING: Mustangs open season Saturday at DWU Open

MARSHALL - The Southwest Minnesota State wrestling team will begin the 2018-19 season this Saturday competing at the Dakota Wesleyan Open hosted by Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. SMSU 12th year head coach Jesse Nelson expects 23 wrestlers to compete during the open which is ...

SMSU MEN’S BASKETBALL: Bolstered and balanced

MARSHALL – The Southwest Minnesota State University men’s basketball team has shown its consistently strong play in recent seasons thanks to a well-balanced attack on both sides of the court. This season, the Mustangs will look to use that balance and depth to their advantage under coach ...